More than 40 candidates have been selected for the programme. More than 40 candidates have been selected for the programme.

Marriott International, in co-operation with Cornell University, has announced the completion of its assessment centres across the region and selected more than 40 candidates ahead of the official launch in September.

‘Tahseen’, a hospitality management development programme focused on fast tracking next generation Saudi leaders has been introduced by Marriott International with a view to providing a springboard to launch successful careers in the country’s robust hospitality sector.

Developed in conjunction with Cornell University and supported by key partner DUR Hospitality, Tahseen is launching for Saudi nationals and provides a 12 to 18-month programme focused on providing full exposure to the business of running a hotel resulting in a managerial opportunity.

The course offers graduates six months of cross-exposure to all departments and six to 12 months of departmental specialisation.  It also provides graduates access to Marriott International’s core management development programmes. 

Speaking in light of the recent assessment day, Alex Kyriakidis, president and CEO, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, said: “Marriott International has long been focused on developing talent in the markets in which we operate and empowering diversity has always been critical to our business model. 

“We constantly seek out initiatives across our region that are both inspiration and results-orientated. Through our close collaboration with Cornell University and partnership with DUR Hospitality, we aim to help nurture the dreams and aspirations of young Saudi Nationals and support the rapid growth the hospitality sector is forecast to sustain over the years.”

Taking place at Le Meridien Al Khobar, Marriott Hotel Riyadh, and Le Meridien Jeddah, the assessment days consisted of a variety of presentations and activities. Each candidate was rated on a series of competencies including interpersonal communication, ambition to lead others, professional poise, service mind-set passion for hospitality, overall motivation and whether they fit with Marriott’s culture.  

The hotel operator also took into consideration candidates experience and desire to work and develop a career in the hospitality industry. 

Over the duration of the course, Tahseen graduates will be fully immersed into all aspects of the business and enrolled in E-Cornell certificate programmes, combined with Cornell University’s executive leadership workshop delivered in the country, which will be tailored to the local culture and business environment of Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East. 

Tahseen aims to the drive participation and interest of Arab youth through Marriott International’s world-class training.  The programme is customised for local Arabs in line with the rising need of Saudi leaders in the hospitality industry.

The course will officially launch on September 11, at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.

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